Victor of Marseilles

Victor Of Marseilles

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Victor of Marseilles

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Saint Victor of Marseilles <!-- (died ca. 304) -hide this as it conflicts with the box and the category --> was a Christian Martyr. He is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Saint Victor is said to have been a Roman army officer in Marseilles, who publicly denounced the worship of idols. For that, he was brought before the Roman prefects, Asterius and Eutychius, who later sent him to the Emperor Maximian. He was then racked, beaten, dragged through the streets, and thrown into prison, where he converted three other Roman soldiers (Sts Longinus, Alexander, and Felician, all of whom are considered Christian martyrs). The three were beheaded, and St Victor himself was crushed under a millstone and then beheaded, after refusing to offer incense to the Roman god Jupiter.


In the 4th century, Saint John Cassian built a monastery over the site where the bodies had been buried in a cave, which later became a Benedictine Abbey and minor Basilica. This is St Victor's Abbey (Abbaye Saint-Victor).

Saint Victor's feast day, along with Sts Longinus, Alexander and Felician, is celebrated on July 21.


Saint Victor is the patron saint of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. His life and martyrdom are celebrated in the scenes depicted in the High Altar of the St. Nicholas' Church, Tallinn.


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